If you've been physically active during your pregnancy, this is a good time to begin to focus on the muscle groups that will be so important to you during labor.
Here's what to keep in mind:
- Your exercise should include strength and stretch (with your caregivers approval, of course).
- Include Kegel exercises, which strengthen the muscles in your pelvic floor those that support your uterus, bladder, bowels and vagina. Kegel exercises can help you control your muscles during labor and delivery. How to do Kegels.
- Relaxation and visualization techniques will help you to prepare for releasing tension during labor.
- Drink lots of water: 6-8 glasses per day or 8-10 glasses per day if you are exercising.
- Find an instructor who is certified in pre- and postnatal exercise.
- Listen to your body and work at your level of perceived exertion.
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